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in milwaukee, wisconsin senar ru feingold was 70 miles away in his hometown of jamesville at his own labor day rally. feingold is running for a fourth term. he's facing competition this time from ron johnson, a millionaire business executive who's never run for public office. for more we go to madison, wisconsin, joined by john nichols, the washington correspondent for "the nation" magazine, author of several books. he maintains the blog john, tell us what's hapning in wisconsin. actually, now seen as a bellwether, russ feingold really has not been in danger before except when he first ran for senate. >> well, what's going on in wisconsin is what's really going on in most of the upper midwest. that is that while we haven't necessarily hit quite as high unemployment rates as some other parts of the country, the upper midwest has suffered from really severe deindustrializatio we have lost a lot of our best jobs in states like wisconsin, minnesota, illinois, indiana, ohio, michigan. so there's a great deal of discomfort. and that has ricochetted hard against the democrats.
the pitch to why voters should vote for them. first the incumbent russ feingold. we testedab ad airing the most in wisconsin. the red line republicans republicans and the green line represents democrats. the higher the lines go, the more favorable the reaction. let's take a look. >> on fair trade agreement, letting wall street run wild. from day one, i voted against them because you warned me that cost family jobs. sadly, that's what happened. but we have to move forward. that's why together with wisconsin business leader, i passed parts of my initiative to put people back to work. poots why i proposed cutting taxes for all businesses who are committed to hiring more workers. i'm russ feingold and i support this message because we need to move forward. >> what's happening right now is that all of these canned daylights are speaking to camera, they are sounding pro business, you can't tell who is the republican -- >> he doesn't say. but everyone knows russ finegeld in wisconsin. >> but he could be a moderate republican. so we wanted to test what the republicans had to say. so we looked
making the pitch for why voters should vote for them. let's start with the incumbent russ feingold. his numbers have not been good as of late. we tested one of the ads airing the most in wisconsin. red line represents republicans, green line democrats. the higher the lines the more favorable the reaction. let's take a look. >> fair trade agreements letting -- unfair trade agreements letting wall street run wild i voted them, you warned me they cost wisconsin jobs that's what happened. we've to move forward. together with wisconsin business leaders, i passed parts of my initiative put people back to work. why i proposed cutting taxes for all businesses committed to hiring more workers. i'm russ feingold and i support this message. we need to move forward together. >> what is happening right now is that all these candidates are speaking to camera they are all sounding pro business. you can't tell who is the republican and who is the democrat. >> greta: he doesn't say except everybody knows russ feingold in wisconsin. >> yes he sounds like co-be a moderate republican. we wanted to activity
needs. and particularly in wisconsin where feingold is almost double digits behind, which is a seat democrats are not expecting to have to defend. >> let me agree. there's going to be a -- i'll agree with that. i'll defer to the great nonpartisan ed gillespie on that. >> i'm thrilled i got you guys to agree on something. let's show the live picture. you see the milwaukee mayor, tom barrett, speaking right now. he'll introduce the president. he's important to note he's not just the mayor, he's the democratic candidate for governor. senator feingold, the democratic senator spoke a few moments ago. he's trailing. so is mr. barrett. republicans looking to turn the state that years back was a swing state, that has been reliably blue in recent years. i'm going to go to the magic wall. underscore how important the youth vote is. number one, this is not just the president's day. see the vice president, the democratic party chairman and health and human services secretary on college campuses with the same message to young people, don't sit this out, we need you. let's take a quick look befor
feingold is trailing significantly, why is that. >> reporter: voters there may think he's too liberal, overall they are not happy with the state's struggling economy. russ feingold is trailing his republican challenger, businessman russ johnson. feingold 44%, johnson 52% with only 3% undecided. take a look at what was -- what wisconsin voters think about the candidates on the issue. 47% say feingold is two liberal. 45% say johnson is too conservative. feingold feingold is a three term senator who what's elected in 2004 by an 11 point margin. president obama will be in wisconsin rallying democrats trying to get them to vote in november. feingold will not be at the rally. the first lady will be campaigning for feingold in october showing just how information this race is to the white house and democrats. gregg: pretty conspicuous that the president will not be with feingold or feingold will not be with the president at that rally there in his state. let's move west to washington state, surprisingly close senate race there, tell us about. >> reporter: one point separating the incumbent d
. and russ feingold, the senator who is on the ballot this year, this is a state that has not sent anything but a democratic senator to washington since its first -- since it first sent feingold in 1992. but all of a sudden russ feingold finds himself in the race of his life. so this state that democrats thought was going to be their insurance policy is really turning into a bell weather of how bad it is going to be for them in november. and there are two other states that are also like that. washington state and california. again, these are democrats who barbara boxer and murray, who everybody thought would be their insurance and now they're in races that are too close to call. gwen: if you're president obama and you fly to wisconsin or washington state or any of these states which are suddenly in flux, do the incumbents greet you at the airport or find a way to be someplace else in the northern part of the state? >> in fact, in wisconsin russ feingold was not there to greet the president, although he says he will be there the next time if it's possible. but his problem is much, as he's be
. feingold, three-term senator, is losing by six points among republican voters according to a cnn poll we've had out this week. feingold, obama has been in the state. feingold did not appear with him. he's broken with his party. that does not -- it's a tough road ahead for him because johnson is out there as a fresh face, he's a businessman who's saying, you know, i will create jobs, and he's running against president obama in a climate where president obama's approval rating according to cnn is at 42%. it's an easy sell for republicans right now and a hard one for feingold in wisconsin. >> the poll numbers there, kind of a surprise to me. is it surprise to the democratic party as well? are they somewhat panicking up there? >> you know, for republicans to take back the senate, they need the seat and the poll numbers kind of snuck up on democrats. no one severalle months ago thought russ feingold was in serious trouble, but, again, this is a state republicans need traditionally not blue state seat because, you know, this state has an independent streak, traditionally aggressive. but in 200
in the senate. president obama will be in wisconsin at a democratic rally to try to help russ feingold. although he will not be here. our latest poll shows that russ feingold is trailing russ johnson who owns a plastic company. feingold has 44%, johnston 52%. feingold is a three-term senator elected in 2004 by an 11 point margin. the president is trying to help him and the first lady will be there campaigning for feingold in october. take a look at what wisconsin voters think about the candidates on the issues. 47% think feingold is too liberal. 45% think johnson is too conservative. feingold 41%, half of voters think johnson is about right on the issues likely helping him at the polls. ken buck is leading michael bennett, 47-43%. that's a state our polling showed was the angriest about how the federal government its work -- is working. 53% want to repeal the president's healthcare law. 49% of colvoters say they have hurt the state's economy. finally, to president obama's old senate seat in illinois. both candidates have had ethical issues and questions raised about them. the democrat giannoulia
, they need to take seat now held by democrat russ feingold of the state of wisconsin. look at this right now. 51% to 45%, feingold is losing. both of these candidates are holding their base. look at in tdependents. in the middle of the electorate. i was looking at new pennsylvania numbers today. you look at the colorado numbers across the country. this is a dynamic that is helping republicans. >> we've seen this all over the country. it goes back 18 months. resurgeant polling first started in april 2009 showing how they were looking more like republicans than democrats. but you'd see it in state after state after state. these are stunning numbers from wisconsin. but it's driven by the independents who are lining up with republicans this year. >> what makes it very interesting is there's a little bit of a role reversal. when feingold first ran, he was the outsider. he was the nobody. he was the guy who was going to go to washington and teach them some lessons. >> back when i first ran for the senate, i said i would shoot straight, be independent, and fight for wisconsin. not much has changed
feingold is on the run in wisconsin. his win is key for the democrats. we'll join us live from the front lines at the bottom of the hour. the story you won't want to miss it. stay with us. randy johnson a bad idea? randy: sorry man, you all right? man: yeah, im good. yeah you just winged me. randy: think anybodys going to notice that? man: yeah, probably. maybe we should just go sledding... vo: geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. no, it's just for new people. hey ! chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ? chocolate ! chocolate it is ! yeah but i'm new too. umm... he's new... er... than you. even kids know it's wrong to treat new friends better than old friends. at ally bank we treat all our customers fairly. with no teaser rates... ... and no minimum deposits. it's just the right thing to do. >>> welcome backing to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. a new book from steve ratner it, the former car czar reveals a shocking look inside the walls of the white house. ratner takes shots at everybody on the economic team, geithner, summers, blair, even the presiden
for senator russ feingold. feingold trails in the polls. but he's actually skipping tonight's rally. >> the president on another broader level, you know, this is not a year to be identified with a political establishment. and no matter which party you're in. >> the president's approval rating is now well below 50%. he will also visit iowa and virginia. >>> more hot weather is expected in southern california today. on monday it was so hot the thermometers stopped working. the triple digit heat triggered numerous power outages and at one point last night, more than 30,000 customers were without electricity. kendis gibson has more on the record-breaking heat. >> reporter: downtown los angeles has never been this hot. the mercury shattered the city's all-time record, climbing to 113 degrees. >> it was like walking into an oven. the ground, you feel the heat through the shoes and the intensity. you could see the heat swells flowing off the asphalt. >> reporter: the usually hot temperatures have made to an unbearable start to autumn for southern california. >> ridiculous. the calendar's a
is a popular 3-term senator known for his independent streak, but democrat russ feingold running neck and neck in the polls with a political unknown. could this be the sign of a bigger wave of voter discontent? >>> all right. nfl fans, you know the kickoff to the season is just hours away. there's that music i love! but with america's favorite sport sitting on a $10 billion empire, what could go wrong? jon get you caught up on what's happening now, top box, nfl superstar tom brady involved in an early morning car accident in boston, brady was reportedly shaken but did not go to the hospital. harris faulkner is working the phones from the breaking news desk, she'll have details coming up stkpwhraoeufpblgts in the middle box new information on the deadly police shooting that sparked violent protest necessary los angeles, the l.a. times reports the officer was involved in at least two previous shooting incidents. >>> bottom box, the fbi is investigating vandalism at a mosque under construction in phoenix, vandals broke windows and splattered paint on the floor. jenna: well, a heated senate race i
large leads. that's six seats we need 10. five are tied: wisconsin feingold, california boxer, washington state rossi against murray, nevada tied, >> sean: angle took a slight lead. >> illinois giannoulias, kirk just went ahead of giannoulias. five races where the republican has a little lead or tie. that's 11 we need 10. there are three others we might pick up. west virginia were you just talking about. the interesting thing about that not that it is 50-45. . the governor who is the democrat has a 70% job approval. so 22% of the state is saying, i love you, you are great i'm just not going to vote four. his campaign slogan should be manchin for governor. connecticut where mcmahon has a good shot against blumenthal and new york primary against against gillibrand tuesday. whoever wins, gillibrand is just at 50. she can be . i see a potential of 14 republican pick-ups with a virtual certainty of 10. >> sean: that's a great prediction. i hope you are right. i don't want to take any vote for granted. you are way ahead of the curve. i give you credit for that. charlie cook is now c
it appears that left wing senator russ feingold's seat in jeopardy. challenger johnson opened up an eight point lead in that race in colorado bennett trails buck by four points. in illinois the race to fill barack obama's former seat is neck-and-neck. kirk leading democrat giannoulias by two points. in a stunning turn of events in washington state, democratic senator murray's seat is in play for the gop. businessman rossi trailing murray by a single point in that race. in ohio former bush cabinet member and congressman port man running from lt. fischer and leads by 13 point margin. to help us break down the latest polls kate obenshain and occidental college liberal professor caroline helmund is with us. caroline, feingold doesn't want to be seen with the president, twice. he's down by eight points. patty murder very in trouble. barbara boxer is in trouble. kirsten jill ground is in trouble. blumenthal is in trouble. i showed the -- polls -- gillibrand is in trouble. blumenthal is in trouble this is your party, the obama agenda they don't want to be seen with the president, why? >> well, s
. this is a democratic race. russ feingold facing a surprisingly strong challenge what do we expect? what is the latest today? >> today is kind of the storm before the storm. ron johnson, a wealthy businessman from oshkosh will win the republican nomination. the race has been ron johnson versus russ feingold for some time. the economy in wisconsin has not worked out well, and though feingold has always run as an outsider, he has been in the senate since 1992. that's 18 years. ron johnson never ran for office before, he has a lot of commercials painting himself as an outsider and feingold as an inside this is one democrats are worried about privately, more so than california, washington. i think wisconsin may be bumping up to a second tier because democrats are concerned. >> and then let's talk about washington, d.c. of course a big democratic primary with mayor fenty, i was talking to melody barnes about that. he may lose the mayoral election today. there were questions today on air force one to the president's spokesman asking why he didn't campaign for mayor fenty. mayor fenty made national headlines
get them to support a candidate. notable is russ feingold, senator from wisconsin's absence today. is he missing an opportunity here? >> i don't know. i think that what's important about that rock the vote poll, what that shows is how -- how very heavily democratic the youth vote skews. i think that russ feingold sort of understands that he has the youth vote simply by virtue of being a democrat and that youth voters who will vote will vote for feingold by and large. and i think that his opponent ron johnson who is a huge tea party candidate who is getting a lot of tea party support who is leading in some of these trails who is actually a bit of a dark horse, he's leading, i'm sorry, in some of these polls. i think that -- i think that sort of he's winning -- he's winning in these polls based on the fact he is not obama. and i think feingold sees it as a strategic move to distance himself from obama while obama will continue to support feingold because he needs feingold's -- he needs feingold to win in wisconsin for his strategy. >> emma, the suggestion is feingold can probably ta
of your screen, has an edge over long-time democratic senator russ feingold. how does he explain the inroads he's making in that blue state? we'll talk about that live coming up next. >> the health care bill shows you exactly how out of touch senator feingold has become. we told him to vote no on the health care bill, but he voted yes. he put his liberal agenda and partisan washington politics ahead of the express wishes of the voters of wisconsin. now, we are saddled with a bill that i believe is the greatest single assault on our freedom in my lifetime. martha: let's get a check on the markets this morning, just opened about 15 minutes ago. we got a little bit of unwelcomed news on the jobs front, unemployment claims rose for the first time in five weeks. we had seen a little downtrend happening. whether this is an anomaly or not, we don't know, but up 12,000, to 465 thoufpl that's not a great number. and it's down 65 points now, the dow jones industrial average, 10673, trading in a range, really, for the past couple of months. we'll keep an eye on the action on wall street, l
for republicans who are hope to go seize control of the u.s. senate. incumbent democrat russ feingold is now neck and neck with gop rivals ron johnson. steve brown is covering this race for us in the chicago bureau. steve, what does this overall race look like and it's getting a lot of attention. >> well, it is starting to get a lot of attention because of the chatter about the potential, and right now, there's a potential with a capital p that the republicans might pick up the senate. keep in mind they'd have to go plus 11 on election night, pick up 11 seats in the senate, a really difficult task, but if they pick off wisconsin, it's possible you take a look at the polls, real clear politics, averaging polling in the last two months puts feingold out in front but just by a point. this is an 18-year incumbent, a guy well known in the state of wisconsin and he is just a nose out in front. in fact if you factor in the plus-minus, it's a dead heat. martha: feingold of course is a very known quantity in wisconsin, as you pointed out. why is he struggling in this case? >> well, there's a lot of ways t
to be in trouble. russ feingold down in double digits, west virginia, republican up by three points ere. a lot of states that nobody thought was in play are now in play your prediction? >> seven or eight seats in the senate, 37 to 45 in the house, maybe as many as 55, i'm starting to move up on the number between that 37, 45 range. we are reaching a point where the democrats are pulling down their tv in arizona and phoenix congressman mitchell is in deep trouble. they have to cut advertising in places like ohio and pennsylvania where they are falling so far behind it is going to be a waste of resources. we got to keep this battlefield building and ing the republicans do, by making sure they got good candidates and message. looking good. >> sean: does it trouble that lisa murkowski is -- >> yeah. >> sean: castle won't endorse and charlie crist ran independent? >> crist is going to be beat badly. murkowski is going to embarrass herself. joe miller won fair and square for her to do this now is sad and pathetic end to a political career. i'm confident miller at the end is going to beat. my man mar
to wisconsin where the news isn't good for senator russ feingold. the ppp shows feingold trailing ron johnson by 11 points. and an update on the big governor's race in california. jerry brown has a five-point lead over meg whitman and she's obviously trying perhaps unsuccessfully to buy that race. muslim bashing right now is one of the themes of the value voters summit this past weekend and newt gingrich leads the way in whipping it in this country. here he is stoking fear in what he calls the threat of sharia law. >> i have no problem with the mosques in new york city that are peaceful and obey american law, but i am opposed to any effort to impose sharia on the united states and we should have -- we should have a federal law that says under no circumstances in any jurisdiction in the united states, will sharia be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about american law. and we should make clear to justice breyer and kagan, who both seem confused on this topic, that no judge will remain in office who tries to use sharia law. >> is bashing the muslim religion become the new mccarthy
'donnell. >> sean: who would have thought russ feingold would be down eight points? >> that's a good example. i hope this fantastic republican running against him, johnson, a businessman and he's running -- fabulous speaker. i heard about him when i spoke in milwaukee this year. >> sean: i'm surprised you didn't go to madison with the president yesterday. >> at lost i could be sure feingold wouldn't be there. >> sean: i don't know if you saw politico today. a number of republicans in the senate are attacking jim demint. >> he's our hero. >> sean: i agree. he's been the one guy willing to say no to really change what we need changed in washington. we need solid conservatives. now he's being punished for it. if the establishment in the republican party doesn't see this for what it is a conservative ascendancy, if they don't understand they are on probation -- >> if any republican in washington is upset with demint this explains why there's a tea party movement. americans are sick of republicans going to washington and saying we'll just be generals to the globetrotters let's agree to be good losers to
in the presidential campaign and get them to the polls again. >> russ feingold facing a challenger. senator feingold was not expected to go to the event tonight. there were reports he wasn't going to go to the event, university of wisconsin in madison, i think it's his alma mater. he did come to tonight's rally. any idea what changed there? >> from what i heard, it was never a matter of trying to duck the president. russ feingold is one of the most dedicated progressives in congress. if anything he's critical from the so-called left of the spectrum. he had conflicts with the senate that cleared up and he ended up at the speech. far more common is when conservative democrats are distancing themselves from obama. as you see with people like representative chet edwards who is floated to be obama's vice president by nancy pelosi during the campaign and is now up with an advertisement in which he touts his work against president obama and nancy pelosi herself. with people like russ feingold, i don't think there's any meaningful distance trying to create there. >> a vigorous democratic party would punish
-huh. >> what's happening with russ feingold, in your opinion is he really behind by double digits, and what do you think that he's got do to turn around, after listening to what the vice president says? >> look, i've done a cover story for "the nation" on this, this week and spent a lot of time out on the ground talking to people. there's no way that he's down by double digits, but he is taking an incredible battering. his opponent is very, very wealthy. and is spending, expected to spend roughly $15 million in attack ads. additionally, there's a lot of out-of-state republican money coming in. so feingold's got a real fight on his hands, but he's also got this message. and i have to tell you, ed, if you wanted to go to one state and watch a campaign that would warm your heart, come out to wisconsin and see russ feingold. he's taken a genuinely aggressive populist country out on the rod. going straight into republican county fairs and talking to them about the constitution and his defense of it. it's great stuff. and i think at the end of the day, feingold will pull this thing out, but it is a
. take a listen. >> ross fine gold has not worked outside of politics. >> ross feingold has never met a payroll. >> ross feingold can't blame anybody else. he's the problem. >> he is no stranger to corpry ads himself defending his independents in a new ad he calls earned it. >> ross fein gx gold has worked to support the soldiers with the k the they deserve. has earned approval of wisconsin veterans. has fought to keep jobs from going overseas and to create jobs here. that has earned him respect of wisconsin small businesses and families. >> speaking of being lonely, the president made a trip to milwaukee this week. feingold opted to stay in southern wisconsin. we shall see, savannah. >> we have been hearing a lot of that story lately. >>> coming up, journalism washington style. on the record, off the record, double, super secret background, just what do all those rules mean? we'll go on the record with two journalists to explain coming up. >>> plus, is this any way to sell books? why former british prime minister tony blair is calling off this book launch party. >>> and bedbugs comin
. >> this is a prescription for surrender. we cannot do that. >> when president obama appears in wisconsin, if russ feingold will not be there. he's going to appear with the more popular michelle obama next month. emily smith, abc news. >>> turning to sports, redskins fans, what a way to start the week. the skins are one and two. after that lustily rams on sunday, the picture seems a lot worse -- after the loss to the rams. steven jackson ran. we will have much more on this pretty ugly affair in a live report a little later in the allen. i -- the hour. >>> still ahead, a first casino in maryland is opening its doors early. >>> michelle rhee is back in the national spotlight. >>> and this kenmore elite multi-motion washer... how does that work? hit it! see, other machines only go in circles. this kenmore elite has multi-motions for a custom clean. it scrubs to help lift stains, rolls to wash gently, swings, steps, and tumbles. better than just circles, what! sorry. get a free stainless steel upgrade on top brands, and 15% off all appliances. plus save up to an additional $250 instantly with our appliance tr
of republican problems. he has a better environment this year. wisconsin, russ feingold is defending. he's got a primary september 14th. ron johnson looks to be the most likely republican to win that race. and, of course, nevada senate majority leader harry reid trying to hold off sharron angle, also a tea partier supporter. what strikes you about these races? >> this is a class of democratic incumbents that never had a really, really difficult year. and they live charmed lives. take barbara boxer, for example. she's always been able to win by being a social, cultural liberal environmentalist and all that. and which fits california very well. but in a really, really tough economy, she's having a hard time sort of pivoting away from that traditional democratic message. russ feingold, his opponent was totally unknown in wisconsin, was totally unknown three or four months ago. but he's a self-funder. he's never run for anything before so he doesn't have a baggage of legislative voting record or anything like that. democrats are having a hard time getting a grip on him and tearing him down because
, russ feingold is defending. he's got a primary september 14th. ron johnson looks to be the most republican to win that race and of course nevada senate majority leader harry reid trying to hold off sharron angle. what strikes but these races? >> this is a class of democratic incumbents that never had a really, really difficult year. and they live charmed lives. take barbara boxer for example. she's always won by being a liberal. that fits california very well. in a really, really tough economy, she's having a hard time sort of pivoting away from that traditional democratic message. russ feingold, his opponent was unknown in wisconsin three or four months ago. he's a self-funder. he's never run for anything before. he doesn't have a baggage of legislative voting record or anything like that. democrats are having a hard time getting a grip on him and tearing him down because he doesn't have a record. >> the president goes to milwaukee to talk about the economy tomorrow. who won't be there? russ feingold. asset or liability? how does obama work on the campaign trail this year? >> o
and radical policies with very little dissent. >> glen, another you have been writing about is russ feingold facing an uphill battle against ron johnson. i know you introduced senator feingold recently. why do you think he is so important to democratic politics right now? >> he is in real danger because of this enthusiasm gap. and senator feingold's entire career has been driven by political courage and conviction, the logistic of which on the part of the democratic party generally is why there is an enthusiasm gap in the first place. and it would be a really bitter irony if the democratic party's inability to convince its own voters that it's willing to fight for what they believe in sweeps out of the senate an individual who has spent years, really decades fighting for progressive values, often at the risk of his own political standing. he is from a purple state, and yet has taken some of the most courageous positions the democratic party has offered in the last two decades. >> let me ask you one last question briefly on larry summers, largely seen as the architect of the obama administrat
stated it publicly, and i'm on the fine gold bill -- feingold bill, which would require the president to do that. i don't think this is a matter of partisanship. it's a matter of our troops. we need to rebuild america. we're in a tough time. i think we can help afghanistan and help iraq. but we need to rebuild our country. >> okay. miss fiorina, your reply? >> you know, senator boxer's last two answers are a perfect illustration of her rhetoric versus reality. let's take a look at her record supporting men and women in uniform. she voted against body armor. she voted against support for brain trauma and post traumatic stress syndrome. she voted against extended family leave for their families. and the vote she cast so upset senator joe biden, he said, this is a political vote. nothing is worse. in that case, his son's life. the truth is, the small business bill she supported could have been a great bill, but they threw in there tarp junior, the opportunity for the federal government to take equity positions in community banks. we all know how well that worked out with tarp senior. it
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